Animated series also on the way…

Guillermo del Toro (‘Strain,’ ‘Crimson Peak’) has announced that he is set to return to direct ‘Pacific Rim 2,’ the next chapter of the epic action-adventure he created with 2013’s hit original film.

Screenwriter Zak Penn (‘Ready Player One,’ ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’) will work with del Toro on the script. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni of Legendary Pictures will once again produce alongside del Toro, Mary Parent and Callum Greene. Jillian Share is on board to serve as executive producer.

“The characters I love will return,” del Toro told BuzzFeed. “Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.”

Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman are expected to reprise their roles,

In addition to confirming the sequel, del Toro revealed that an animated series based on ‘Pacific Rim’ is also in development. You can watch del Toro’s announcement video below.

Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ centres on a defence force consisting of massive robots called Jaegers and their human pilots who are fighting to save humanity from monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, who are invading from an other-worldly dimension. The film, released in July 2013, grossed a total of $411 million worldwide.